May God give you peace and joy as you celebrate the coming of Christ Jesus, our Hope.
Christmas in Canada:
This will be our first Christmas in Canada in 7 years. We are looking forward to celebrating with David's family up in snowy Prince George. Sarah flies to Canada from Singapore Dec. 16 and we plan to drive up to Prince George with her and Stephen on the 17th. Peter will be in Australia this Christmas to attend the wedding of a good friend from Taiwan. John has classes until Dec. 21 and will bus up to Prince George on the 22nd. On Dec. 25 David will fly to Vancouver and then to St. Louis on Dec. 26 for the big Inter-Varsity missions conference, Urbana. He will be helping to man the OMF booth as a representative from OMF Taiwan. We appreciate your prayers for smooth travels with all of these comings and goings.
Stephen moved back to Vancouver at the end of October and is doing some writing and freelance editing. Sarah is working in Singapore as a Special Needs Teacher with pre-school age autistic children. Peter is continuing his studies in Photography, and John is taking a one year course in Culinary Arts. We are enjoying having Peter and John living with us this year (and they are enjoying Mom's cooking!).
Life on Home Assignment:
Since arriving back in Canada we have been in Toronto, Prince George, on Vancouver Island and settling into life in Vancouver. We have been speaking at churches and prayer groups and slowly contacting friends to get together for visits. There are still many of you we have not contacted. We will get in touch in the new year, unless you call us sooner! We arrived back in Canada feeling really exhausted and are gradually feeling refreshed and more energetic. We have been enjoying the beauty of Vancouver taking long walks together. Also, David has started running again and Ruth is doing a lot of cycling. We started twice weekly Mandarin Chinese lessons in October and last week we started learning Tai Chi exercises, with visions of joining an early morning group in a local park when we return to Taiwan. David is enjoying meeting with two pastor friends most weeks for mutual encouragement and support. These activities, and visits with friends and family keep us busy. We are also working with the young adults fellowship at our church in Richmond.
Jiacheng Church in Taiwan:
Pastor Wu and his wife had a rather rocky start at the church, with several people leaving the church in the past few months. This is his first church as 'the pastor' and there is a lot to learn (as for all of us!). Join us in praying for them and the other church leaders, that God will shower them with wisdom, grace, love, and encouragement.
With thanks for your prayers,
David and Ruth